Topic Work

In Upper Key Stage 2 our topics are largely based on history, geography or DT. We have a question based format where children are presented with a question each week and learning opportunities are planned that help the children to answer the question.

Topic lessons take place twice each week and are taught in mixed ability classes with their class teacher.  Learning is differentiated to match the children's knowledge, skills and progress.  In addition links are made with other lessons such as English, Maths, PE, Art, Science, Music and Computing to ensure that children are fully engaged with the Topic.

Below are details about what Topic and questions the children will be learning over the next term.   

Autumn Term - First Half term

Why was World War II a turning point in British History?

Week 1: Was it truly a World War?

Understand the build up to the War, the major powers involved and the location of these places on a map.

Week 2: How scary was it when the bombs dropped?

Gain an understanding of what life was like during the blitz and how air raid shelters were used.

Week 3: What was life like at home during the War?

Look at rationing and the role of women in wartime England.

Week 4: What would have happened to me in wartime England?

Discuss evacuation and how it affected children.

Week 5: What were the key events during the war?

Look at some events which impacted the war such as the Battle of Britain, D-Day and the use of propaganda.

Week 6: How did the war end?

Look at the events of the holocaust, VE-Day and the nuclear bombs used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Week 7: How did the outcome of the war affect our lives today?

Look at the impact of the war in Britain, the creation of the NHS and the way our country was rebuilt.


Autumn Term - Second Half term

How important is water around the world?

Week 1: Why doesn’t the world run out of fresh water?

Why water is important to us and what we use it for. How the water cycle works.

Week 2: Where in the world would you find water?

Map work identifying features and places on a World map and then making a water map. Explore trade and the use of waterways such as the Suez and Panama Canals.

Week 3: Why are cities built near water?

Explore where major world cities are located. Focus on Amsterdam and Venice and how the waterways affect the human activity within them.

Week 4: How does the amount of rainfall affect what lives and grows in an environment?

Explore the world’s biomes, consider what they would look like and how the amount of rain that falls there would affect them. Explore what grows and lives in each of the world’s biomes.

Week 5: Do all the parts of the world’s biomes look the same?

Identify which biome we live in and what vegetation is within them. Compare to the vegetation belts in other areas of the same biome such as America, China and Australia.

Week 6: Does Australia really have 6 biomes?

Explore the different biomes within Australia. Explore how the main development in Australia and the population density is around the coast and how water is essential to their way of life.